Spring Hope by Martha Rogers

from the back cover: 

Can runaway Libby Cantrell finally get a new start?
Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to worse since her mother’s death. After working in a brothel to support her abusive father, she sees no hope for her future until one cold winter night when she finds the courage to escape.
When she collapses in Portersfield, Texas, exhausted, ill, and hungry, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her and takes her to the doctor. Against Cory’s better judgment, Seth and Erin Winston take her in and offer her a job as a nanny for their young son. As a minister, Seth sees it as his duty to take care of her. As a deputy, Cory needs to know the truth about her even as he is attracted to the waif of a young woman.
As Cory’s feelings for her grow and winter becomes spring, will he be able to accept her as she is now and truly forget and forgive her sordid past?

My Review: 

Hope Springs is a good historical fiction.  I think I would have enjoyed it better if I had read the first three books in the series (Summer Dream, Autumn Song, and Winter Promise) because there are many times Rogers mentions things that must have happened in the previous books.  That aside, the story is solid.  The issues are (were) real and the personal struggles that Cory and Elizabeth face are struggles that we all might face at one point or another in our own Christianity and lives.  Cory struggles with being judgmental and forgiveness.  Elizabeth struggles with trust (of both God and people, but especially men).  God works through their struggles, the people that surround them and natural disasters.  

I would definitely recommend the book to others, but I would recommend reading the series (Seasons of the Heart) in order.  

About Martha (from her website):

Martha Rogers is a freelance author of both fiction and non-fiction and a speaker. Her stories and articles have appeared in a number of compilations and magazines. Her first fiction novella was released in 2007.

Her experiences as a public school teacher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, First Place leader, Mom and Grandmother give Martha a unique field of ministry.

Martha is am alumni of CLASS and is available to speak at Women's Retreats, conferences, and luncheons on topics of interest to women of all ages.

As an author, she is available to speak at writing conferences and workshops on a variety of topics of interest to writers.